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31/01/2011

Good Samaritan Home Klang-KFC Party & Visitation

So last Saturday, Tammy of Plusizekitten.com had organised a visitation to the Good Samaritan Home in Klang. It was good to meet the other bloggers after my long stay in Sydney.  

Tammy, Stacey & Joey.
Arrivals of the Bright Red Hot Chicks in the morning!
Carrying all the goodies.
New dresses for the girls!

 Among the goodies for the children!

Face painting!

Children enjoying their yummy KFC chicken meal.

Wing being handled by Tammy..... 
The RESULT?? ......  Hot Chick with Angry Virus on Face.
Poshies (Stacey) & me!
Red Hot Chicks in Paint.
Children enjoying their cake!
KFC Party Packs for the children
Pretty Butterfly! ^^

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Some Malaysian-Sydney economic differences.

Some Malaysian-Sydney economic differences.

Some of the things different.

Lifestyle products and services have always been premiumly priced, but there are differences in how they are priced.

1. Facial treatments
Klang Valley - Facial salons, spas & massage services, particularly those within the Klang Valley, charge between RM60- RM100. It is almost impossible to pay less than RM100 for a facial in Klang Valley. The only exception would be those operating on a home salon basis.

Massages here range from RM50 for a one -and-half hour massage, which is the cheapest I have found. THe highest was RM120 for a 120 (two hour massage) for Thai massages.

Sydney- Within the vicinity of the CBD, and up to Narwee& Ashfield, facial prices range from AUD50- as much as AUD120. The most I have paid so far is AUD120 for a Sothys facial, whereas its as high as RM350 for a Sothys facial in KL.

Thai and normal massage for one hour range between AUD75 to maybe a bit more. In terms of messages, it is more similar on a dollar to dollar basis.

2. Karaokes-

Klang Valley-
I recently heard that Karaokes charges between RM60 per person, including buffet. And that is about for three hours.

I think that's pretty expensive.

Sydney-
We were paying AUD15 per room for non peak hours, and AUD30 per room during peak hours in a korean noraebang in Sydney, which sometimes even threw in extra half an hour to one hour for free.

The other mostly chinese run Karaokes were charging more, and they didn't throw in any free time for that matter. So much for keeping the customers happy!

In conclusion, noraebangs are the most affordable, and value for money on a dollar to dollar basis, as the more people who went in, the cheaper per room it was.

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Some Malaysian-Sydney economic differences.

Some Malaysian-Sydney economic differences.

Some of the things different.

Lifestyle products and services have always been premiumly priced, but there are differences in how they are priced.

1. Facial treatments
Klang Valley - Facial salons, spas & massage services, particularly those within the Klang Valley, charge between RM60- RM100. It is almost impossible to pay less than RM100 for a facial in Klang Valley. The only exception would be those operating on a home salon basis.
Massages here range from RM50 for a one -and-half hour massage, which is the cheapest I have found. THe highest was RM120 for a 120 (two hour massage) for Thai massages.
Sydney- Within the vicinity of the CBD, and up to Narwee& Ashfield, facial prices range from AUD50- as much as AUD120. The most I have paid so far is AUD120 for a Sothys facial, whereas its as high as RM350 for a Sothys facial in KL.
Thai and normal massage for one hour range between AUD75 to maybe a bit more. In terms of messages, it is more similar on a dollar to dollar basis.

2. Karaokes-
Klang Valley-
I recently heard that Karaokes charges between RM60 per person, including buffet. And that is about for three hours.
I think that's pretty expensive.
Sydney-
We were paying AUD15 per room for non peak hours, and AUD30 per room during peak hours in a korean noraebang in Sydney, which sometimes even threw in extra half an hour to one hour for free.

The other mostly chinese run Karaokes were charging more, and they didn't throw in any free time for that matter. So much for keeping the customers happy!
In conclusion, noraebangs are the most affordable, and value for money on a dollar to dollar basis, as the more people who went in, the cheaper per room it was.









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Korean Christian gospel song terms.

29/01/2011

Korean Christian gospel song terms.

Translated using Google Translator. So the meaning is literally 'touch and go', and I have to infer my own understanding of the words.

그 신비 그 위대함
The greatness of the mystery

신비 =  mystery
위대함 = largeness/greatness.

모든 열방이 = all nations

모든 땅 = all lands

창조= creations

전능= omnipotence

주 이름 높이리= The Lord's name is xxx ?

주님 날 보내시면 = if you send me, Lord.
온 세상 끝까지 따라가리라= to the end of the world I would come.
나를 향하신 주의 뜻의루소서 = Facing the Lord's wish to become.


나 구주 = my redeemer
아름다운 예수= Beautiful Jesus
나는 주의것 = That my Lord is.

깊고 깊은 주의 사랑 = The deep love of our Lord.
놀라우신 = Amazing
놀라우신 그 사랑 = Amazing Love

하늘 열리고  이 땅에 오신 = The heavens opened, the land

오직 주님 만= Only the Lord.

죽임 당하사 = He took the people's death. 
그 생명 주셨네= He gave his life.

보좌 위에 계신= You're on the Throne.
주의 영광 나타났네= The Lord's glory is turning up.
독생자 = Jesus, His Son
천사들이 주 경배= all the angels worship the Lord
온 우주가 주 송축해  = ???

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Australia KL High Commission

28/01/2011

Australia KL High Commission

Today after getting my Letter of Good Conduct processed, my dad sent me off to the Australian High Commission which is near KLCC. Like almost any embassy, well, for this one, we had to scan or belongings, and our bags had to go through the scanner.

I had to take out my camera.

All persons who came in had to line up at the Reception. It seems that the people who worked at the High Comm were all Malaysians. I'd have thought Australians worked there, but that didn't seem to be the case.
Anyways it took a while to wait at the Reception. After which, it took another almost twenty to thirty minutes to get my passport re-evidenced. That definitely took a while.

There was also an Australian white female who was waiting in line. When she reached the counter, she was then informed that she could have gone straight to get her document notarised in the other room.
Which is also one of my observations about better explanations for walk in clients.
The Australian High Comm would be better off my providing more assistance in the form of notices for clients walking in, as the white female exclaimed that no one had told her that she could have gone to the next room.

When I walked in, I had no idea what to do, and was at a loss as there were no notices informing clients what they had to do on arrival in the Reception room.

I met another girl who was also waiting for her passport to be re-evidenced. She is living in Brisbane. We actually struck up conversation for the rest of the next two hours!

Anyways, after I left, I realised that the camera that was taken out of my bag was still in the security room. The Australian High Comm should display notices to retrieve their belongings/camera at the exits.
Due to lack of notices, a lot of the clients either had no idea what to do on arrival in the Reception room.
Not only that, without notices at the exits, clients forget to retrieve their cameras at the exits. As such, now I have to make a second trip to go and retrieve my camera.

I really hope that the embassy looks into this matter, as it it would be good if the embassy looks into providing such notices for clients as it makes work more effective for both their staff, but for clients where time is precious.












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So, I got my Letter of Good Conduct!

27/01/2011

So, I got my Letter of Good Conduct!

and that's in less than 20 minutes!

I got my previous Declaration document attested in Sydney, but the Department said that would require a one month's wait and maybe even more.

So my dad drove me to Putrajaya this Thursday morning, via Maju Expressway. It had one toll to pay, and driving took about less than half an hour one way from Bukit Jalil.

After which, we took a number from the counter, and waited maybe 20 minutes or more for our turn. We submitted our documents, and waited another twenty minutes for the print out of the Letter of Good Conduct.

So yes, that was a really quick process. After which my dad dropped me down in the city.

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I lost weight.

I lost weight.

So I've been ranting recently. Its pretty natural when one crosses borders.

But then again, the way that beauty salons run here is so noticeable that unless the customer was walking around with their brains locked up in the clouds, they must be really blind indeed.

Anyways, I'm blogging this coz everyone that I've met in the last three days (since my return to KL), the first thing that they said was:

"You've lost weight!"

So I asked, "which part?"

"All over!"

"Really? How come I can't tell?"

 Before I left, I was almost going on 60 kgs. Now I'm between 54-55 kgs. But then again, 3 kilos isn't really much.

"Uh, your face is much sharper now than before....."

"Umm.. I see..."


So if I lost another 5 kilos, that would just be perfect.
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Facial Treatment at Slimming Sanctuary (Midvalley)

Facial Treatment at Slimming Sanctuary (Midvalley)

So this afternoon, right before our facial appointment, I finally managed to squeeze some time in to get my paper work certified at the Commissioner of Oaths...

It just cost me RM4 for the Declaration paperwork in Malaysia.. In Australia, the fee is AUD90!!! (Why not ask us to go rob a bank instead eh?)  >.<

Hence heading to the CBD may have to be delayed till Friday.

I'm heading to Putrajaya instead.

Today, I went for the facial treatment at Slimming Sanctuary in Mid Valley Mega Mall. It is the outlet in Gardens up in the higher floors. It was on my mom....! The facial is worth about Rm200 ish .. 

The facial treatment included shoulder massage, eyebrow reshaping, serum, and machine, and a cool gel mask.

The facial started about 4:30pm ish.. by the time we came out, it was almost 6:40ish pm.

The salesperson tried to ask my mom to 'upgrade' with a guasa eye treatment... eh? Thanks, but for a facial that's worth RM200+, IMO, "upgrading" anymore would make more sense if it was at SOTHYS..

The nerve of the sales lady/therapist of whoever that was...

My mom dragged me to use her facial... so whee...

she's finished all her facial treatments there, and no longer has to head back to Slimming Sanctuary!

I can now intro her to Sothys instead. If she's paying that kind of money, might as well head to a place like Sothys. >.<

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Renewal of my Malaysian Driving Licence.

26/01/2011

Renewal of my Malaysian Driving Licence.

So today I didn't do much. It is my vacation time after all.

Ended up waking up late. Had nasi lemak for my breakfast. Yum. RM4 plus only for rice+ sotong + ikan bilis from the Javanese lady that has a small stall in the mornings at Taman Danau Desa.

Just went to renew my Malaysian driving licence for another 5 years. RM152 in total. RM30 per year. I went to the local malaysian Post Office near Taman Desa. Waited for about twenty minutes as there were about 13 numbers before me.

The entire renewal process took less than 5 minutes. That's what I call quick!

Did you know it was that quick? I didn't. But I know now! ^^

Tomorrow I will head to the city to get other paperwork done. Hopefully I can get my Malaysian Letter of Good Conduct done approved soon...
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Clarins: Body Treatment @ One Utama.

Clarins: Body Treatment @ One Utama.

So today, after renewing my passport, I took a bus from Bandar Damansara to One Utama shopping mall. The fare was RM1.90.

I decided to meet up with Tammy, another blogger who works in the nearby vicinity. She was the second person to mention that I had lost weight... the first was my mother. LOL.

We ended up having Chili's (well, it was my treat since it was her birthday that just passed not too long ago..), and I ended up passing the LUSH Glogg shower gel I got for her in Sydney...

You know what, I didn't realise that Glogg was a shower gel till she mentioned it... I actually only used mine as a hair shampoo all this while.. LOL..

BLur*********

Well, we had an interesting conversation over lunch at Chili's. One being facials, and body treatments ding dong ding dong, one thing leading to another...

*surprise, surprise*,

Tammy somehow had the notion to allow me to use one of her body treatments from Clarins + a Rising Sun body scrub... Wow, I was so surprised when she told me that.

So I did. That was totally my first time trying out proper Clarins treatments in their salons. At One Utama still! Thanks, Tammy!

In summary:

Monday, I had a 1.5 hours body massage worth Rm40+ on my mother...

Today it was a 1.5 hours body treatment on Tammy!

Tomorrow, on Wednesday, it'd be a 1 hour plus facial treatment on my mother again at Slimming Sanctuary near Mid Valley. We'll see how their service will be like... so I'll write about it.

After the Clarins treatment, I headed out to BATA to get some shoes. The shoes at BATA have in the last two years revamped their shoe designs, and their prices are quite affordable.

Hence, I got myself two pairs. About RM120 for two nice going out shoes. Good for Chinese New Year to wear new shoes. ^^
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So, I renewed my Malaysian passport today.

So, I renewed my Malaysian passport today.

So today I went to renew my passport.

Arrived at the Bandar Damansara Imigresen passport office about 9.50 ish am.

Apparently the same photo shop owners are at it again. The one that was doing it 5 years ago. They're still doing it.

Hence, that's why I'm writing about it.

Anyways, one of the shopkeepers said , "oh, your hair is blocking your head in the photo. Maybe it won't be accepted...."

Well, I beg to differ. If the immigration counter doesn't accept it, then I will go and get it redone. But Not till. These blood money suckers are trying to suck me out of RM14 for a new set of photos.

Tsk tsk tsk.

Suprisingly though, passport processing was rather fast. I paid for my passport of 48 pages for five years for RM300 at 10:13am.

They told me to come back within one hour to collect it.

So I spent the next one hour having a Mocha Extreme Frapuccino at San Francisco coffee a block away.

Came back about 11:15am to collect my passport. Was done before 11:20am!

That's what I call amazingly fast service!!
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Are prices of facials justified?

25/01/2011

Are prices of facials justified?

If there is one thing I must get off my back, it is I feel that prices of facials in the cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur sites are unjustified.

In Australia, I am more or less able to deduce the profit margin of a facial whereby a Masseur's salary AUD15/hour.

The average price of a facial in Australia ranges from AUD50 onwards. If the salary of a masseur is factored in, depending on the length of the facial, that's almost AUD30 of a profit margin of the facial remaining, before calculating the cost of the products and rent of the salon.

In Malaysia, what exactly is the average price of a facial treatment? In some of these so called "facial salons" which give you a voucher for RM50 for a facial, they exaggerate the value of the facial, and yet the rendering of these first trial/discounted priced facials leaves much to be desired.

Is RM200 for a facial treatment in Malaysia justified?

The average price of a facial in Australia is as much as AUD120, yet the average salary is AUD15/hour. In Malaysia, RM200 is almost a huge chunk off a person's salary, yet the price of a facial is unjustified where the average salary is not even RM15/hour.

Not to mention the cost of the products for the facial. Even Sothys facial are not as expensive as some of these so-called RM200 facials..

So, what do you think?
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My Massage at Rest n Relax Aroma Therapy

Trial Price of RM28 (60 minutes body massage).
It was a really tiring day for me.. I was almost asleep for most of the day, and who wouldn't be after my tiring journey of almost nine hours to KL.  No doubt I'm suffering from jet lag (three hours Sydney - Kuala Lumpur) time difference.

So when my mom suggested to go for a body massage at this massage salon in their Mega Mandung outlet, which she had bought a package for, I jumped at the chance to!

As luck would have it, we managed to get two slots in. It was impeccable timing.

So when we finally entered the shop, I was quite surprised at the ambience. Though the massage salon was located in the second floor of a shop lot, there was no compromise in its decor. It was tastefully decorated.

My mom and I were given a wooden basin with heated water to warm up our feet before the massage treatment. We were then asked which type of massage oil we wanted to use for our body massage... detoxifying, slimming, muscle ache or relaxing.

Then my mom & I were ushered into the treatment room where we were asked to change into disposable inner wear for the massage.

I had to wrap myself in a sarong and then wait on the treatment bed for the masseur to come in. The masseur who served me and my mom were Indonesian, and had a very friendly demeanour. The masseur who served my mom seemed to be very familiar with the family members.... 

Apparently it was an elder aunt  of mine (who introduced my mom to the place) had bought lots of body massage packages there... as well as another elder aunt... LOL.

Our full body massage lasted for about 1.5 hours (90 minutes) at a pretty affordable rate from what my mother had bought. The massage treatments each were less than RM50 bought as part of a package, and definitely value for money.

As the body massages were quite affordable, it would be good to give some tips to the masseurs after the service.

Overall, I was quite impressed by the tastefully decorated rooms, and the service rendered. I wouldn't heading back there again.

For more information, do check out the Rest n Relax Aroma Therapy Facebook group.
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So, the travel back to KL was tiring.

So, the travel back to KL was tiring.

So, I'm now blogging using connection from a usb modem that my mom bought some time back.

My flight last night was seriously exhausting...

Spending more than 7 hours on the plane, close to 8 hours just sitting in one chair, glued to the small screen on the seat in front of me. My flight departed at 3.40 ish pm from Sydney, and reached Kuala Lumpur about 8.30ish pm, which is about 11.30 pm Sydney Daylight Savings time.

Took us about twenty minutes to go from the arrivals to the main airport building as the main train was offline due to upgrading work. Then it was almost another half an hour to wait for the luggage to arrive on the conveyor belt, and another half an hour to Sentral, Brickfields by Express Train (which is about RM35 one way).


Which is equivalent to reaching home about 1am.. So Tired.

Apparently Customs check is only done mostly for foreign workers who come in.. you know, the ones that comes in groups, predominantly from countries of the less financially capable type.

Now I'm thinking I will have to do the same thing when I arrive in Sydney Airport. Minus taking some bus to the main arrivals airport building, but have to consider that Australian Customs has the reputation of taking a long time in thoroughly checking every traveller's luggage. Sigh.
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Boarding the Plane.

23/01/2011

Boarding the Plane.

So this is my last entry after boarding the plane now.

Will have no idea what my temporary cell number in KL will be. Watch out for updates on my Facebook (if you're on it, that is), or Twitter.

See you peeps in KL.

Sent from my Nokia phone

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At Sydney International Airport now.

At Sydney International Airport now.

So I'm at the Sydney International Airport now.

It's about 25 mins to departure time.

I found lots of foreign exchange currency atms, but only one ANZ atm. They charge 2dollars for non ANZ balance enquiries, and non-ANZ card cash withdrawals.

One thing I like about here is that Mcdonalds menus were selling at normal price. It just means that they didn't jack up the price just because they were located at the airport.

The same could be said about the rest of the shops here.

I'm just sitting here enjoying the remainder of my coffee. I'll go in when the announcement for final boarding is made.


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Beautiful Saviour (Planet Shakers)

22/01/2011

Beautiful Saviour (Planet Shakers)

So, I was at service today, and they were selling gospel cds for 10bucks and 5bucks a piece. So I got both.. Here is one of the songs in the CD, which is a korean version of the song by the PlanetShakers, who is from Melbourne.

Jesus Beautiful Saviour,
전능의 하나님 부활의왕
어린양 거룩과 공의
빛나는 새벽별 구원 왕

모든 하늘 주 찬양
모든 만물 주 경배하네

How Wonderful,
How Beautiful
모든 이름 위에 뚜어난주
아름답고 놀라우신 예수
모든 이름 위에 이름

찬양하리 예수
사랑합니다 사랑합니다

빛나는 = shining/resplendent
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For God So Loved the World (Scott Brenner)

For God So Loved the World (Scott Brenner)

So, I found this song sung by Scott Brenner on youtube when I was looking for a song today.. They sing this at service sometimes, so I'm rather familiar with it. 

하늘보다 높으신 주 사랑
바다보다 넓으신 주 사랑
나를 향한 크고 높으신 사랑
헛되고 헛된 그 모든 것
내게서 멀리 거두셨네
나의 수치 찬양되었네

영원히 감사드리리 주님의 그 은혜
날 찾아 주신 그 사랑 오 주님 내 전부
사랑해요 경배해요 나 주 위해살리
영원토록 신실하신 주 사랑을 전하리

하나님께서 세상을 사랑하사
독생자를 주셨으니 믿는자는
영생을 얻으리

난 믿네 난 믿네 난 믿네 난 믿네

다시 사신 독생자
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A time to come.

A time to come.

So, I just came back from service today. I haven't gone to church in the past two weeks.

이유도 없이. 그냥. 그냥.

So, I'll be back in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday night.

Coming back is a mix of bitter-sweet emotions.

My coming back is fraught in a time I know where the decision made would affect the years to come. I'm at the age where I could no longer take certain choices lightly...

Although I've heard the wisdom of the elders, the choice to make is always easier said than done..

I want to take my time to emotionally prepare for what is to come.
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Having an Epiphany.

19/01/2011

Having an Epiphany.

Sometimes it requires a nudge, or trigger for a person to eventually make that decision that would eventually change the direction and course of their life.

When we are single & in our early twenties, we want to travel, see the world, do the unthinkable. Yes, we want to follow and make our dream. Live our passion, as the youth would say.

However, as we reach our thirties, and as our friends all start to settle down, and have families of their own, we begin to look at our own lives differently.

Starting a family is not just looking at our own needs anymore, but at our children's as well. Time just becomes more precious and we value how we are to use our time.

I realised that the things that used to hold my interest five years ago now no longer do. I thought that would never happen, but it has.

Now that I'm in my thirties, I'm beginning to see the wisdom of the elders, and those much older.

Three persons from different walks of life, a 50+ yr old migrant shopkeeper, a 40 yr old migrant colleague, and a 40 yr old local migrant all gave me the same answer to the question that I posed.

Two of which have their own families, and one still single. In the end, no matter how far we are away from our homes, the family still is our most important possession & thing that we can fall back onto.

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The Importance of One's Heritage.

The Importance of One's Heritage.

Can a person actually be separated from their family background?

I know of many people who have risen through the economic ladder, but that is not what I'm asking here. Enough korean dramas depict individuals who have done that.

How would one's family background affect the way they look at the world?

How would it affect the choices one makes?

If you came from a background of heritage, would you give it up to carve your own road?

Would you be willing to give up your portion of your heritage to someone not part of the family?

What compromises would attract you to continue the heritage that has been part of your family?

Would carving your own road be more important than continuing the heritage, if the latter promises financial security?

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So, I'm planning to bring back...

18/01/2011

So, I'm planning to bring back...

First, there is my empty suitcase.....

Second, there is my almost empty hand luggage. Not even sure what to put in it. I've got enough skincare to last two years on both sides....

Third, I'm bringing my laptop back.

Fourth, both my phones... Swapping between my sim cards. Hmmm...

With no work for three full weeks, I'll have to manage administrative tasks for all my necessary documentation before the festive new year starts.

Yes, and the mandatory visits to the shopping mall, the facial salon, the hair salon, the clothing boutique, and mamaks..

Kekeke.

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JoikuSpot: use your mobile as a wifi hotspot

JoikuSpot: use your mobile as a wifi hotspot

So, recently I had been trying to connect to the internet on my pc using my mobile phone, whilst on a Optus network/connection.

I tried the cable using the Nokia connect PC to Web program that was provided.

But to no avail. After a couple of times, I almost gave up.

So I checked out some forums, and someone mentioned the use of JoikuSpot which is available for download for Symbian OS for the Nokia phone in Ovi online stores.

There are two versions of the JoikuSpot programs, which the free version does not have secured password access, and the premium one which does.

It takes a bit of time to connect, but hei, if that saves me the trouble of paying again just to get a modem usb dongle, might as well!!

Sent from my Nokia phone.

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Some Menstrual Must-Nots.

16/01/2011

Some Menstrual Must-Nots.

So, I'm currently in the midst on an all things 'menstruation' obsession.

I'm now at home, and decided to give church a miss this week. The thought of taking a bus and doing all the public transport transfers, sitting in service for three hours wondering if there was going to be any staining was just too stimulation and stress for me to take.

I've read some things on the website, in particular to the Western perspective on things
menstruation.

1. It is okay to have a hairwash.
There has been much debate on this old wives tale. Essentially, the thinking is that hair is a 'dead object' and washing hair is a must do daily routine.

For me, that would mean an even greasier than greasy scalp.

However, I read that there is a dry shampoo that one can use, which is available at most western chemists/pharmacies.

However, there has been readings which explain the reason for this. Apparently, the hair follicles open up when hair is washed, and is somewhat linked to the 'qi gong' and would affect the menstrual cycle.

It may also cut-short the menstrual cycle, which is detrimental in the long run, as that means your body has not fully 'detoxified' yet.

2. It is okay to go swimming.

Seriously, which female in her right mind would actually want to go swimming when she is having her monthlies?

Some tampon website actually recommended putting on a tampon, then go swimming.

It just sounds downright dirty. I know that when a female goes into the water, the bleeding will stop until she comes out of the water.

Still, exposing your body to all the pathogens, dirty water, bacteria, and goodness knows what at the time when your body is prone and sensitive to all kinds of illness, is just not right.

Better to let your body have a rest.

3. It is okay to have sexual intercourse.

Hmm, you do realise the bleeding is necessary as a 'detoxifying' regime for a female's body?

The 'bleeding' that occurs isn't the normal kind of 'bleeding', but one that contains items that the female body has to be rid of.

Why drag in a male?

Unless he's some sadist masochistic who likes blood during intercourse. Euuuu.

4. It is okay to have any kinds of food.

I've been having warm, or hot food only. Really, when your body is not feeling well, cold water doesn't really help. And cold food for that matter.

My malaysian chinese housemate says that I should avoid teas, and ice cream, and any other kind of 'cooling' food.

Anyways to help with cramps, I've had Ibuprofen to help reduce the symptoms. Its a good friend.

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Health is Wealth.

Health is Wealth.

So recently, my menstrual cycle decided to pay me a visit. It is worth a mention here, as the last time I had mine was more than six months ago.

About the time I first started my position at my current work place.

My cycle comes about four times a year, making it a seasonal four monthly occurrence. So it was late by two months, which is a bad thing.

About two weeks ago, I was on Christmas leave. And recently, I have had a shorter shorter work load.

Now, I've been doing some reading on the menstrual cycle, and its about two weeks, or about 12 days before a female gets her menstrual, that her ovulation takes place.

So about two weeks ago, I was on leave = essentially, meaning my body was at rest. Both physically, and emotional from work stress.

A female's monthly menstrual cycle is an indicator to the doctor whether her internal body system is functioning well. That's also the first question the doctor will ask when they come in for a check-up.

The fact that I'm getting my menses now is a good sign. I hope my Boss continues to give me the same current work load as she does now.

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Day 2: A surprise 'Auntie' visit.

15/01/2011

Day 2: A surprise 'Auntie' visit.

So during the last few days, my face had been breaking out. I was wondering why.

It was definitely not any face cream I was using, nor was it the less than stellar make up removal I did. LOL.

Then yesterday, I had a surprise 'auntie' visit.

Yes, she was already seasonally late from her usual time......

The last time was just before I started work at the child care centre.

Well, better late than never. I'm only glad she decided to visit over the weekend, rather than when I was at work! At least I have Ibuprofen to keep me company.

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Kayaking around Brisbane

Kayaking around Brisbane

I'd like to say around Queensland, but that's too much of a stretch of an area to actually happen.

The last few days were hourly news broadcasts of the flooding in Brisbane & surroundings.

People were just kayaking to move around. This is about the only time we'll ever see that happen. The last time was in 1974.


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Nokia E63: Trying to set-up Mobile as Modem with Optus.

13/01/2011

Nokia E63: Trying to set-up Mobile as Modem with Optus.

So today, I decided to head down to Centro Roselands, which is the mall near to where I'm currently living.

The mall, like any other typical Australian mall,
- closes at 5.30 on most workdays,
- 4pm on weekends,
- and at 9pm on Thursdays. >.<

Anyways, I decided to get an Optus Sim Pack, or just the u-sim in this case, for AUD2.The number will last two months (under the Bigger & Better call plan) without having to be recharged. Isn't that just great?? ^^

I was actually thinking of getting a AUD29 phone, but since I already have the phone, I was thinking, really, what's the point?

I found out that now, Optus Prepaid is already set-up for international roaming. Unlike Three Prepaid, there is no AutoRoam, which really, is a shame.

I had to port my number over as I have a spare phone which somehow rejected my Three u-sim for whatever strange reasons those were, and I really needed to have a 'working' number which I could have access to when I was away. So, two reasons for porting to Optus.

Anyways, for the past one week, i've been trying to setup my Nokia E63 (from Optus) as a modem... but to no avail.The place I'm currently staying at is reliant on my landlady's/housemate USB modem dongle. Luckily.

The rates for USB Modem Dongle these days are exorbitant, but strangely, prices for internet rates on mobile phones have dropped in the last three months, to which I was rather surprised as well!

I've tried using my mobile as a modem before in the past (like two years ago), but strangely, it didn't work this time.

Well actually, it managed to connect to the internet, but the connection was just really really slow..!

Perhaps Optus (and every other telco network) is really pushing its customers to sign up for the USB Modem Dongle instead of utilizing this facility which comes with every smartphone.

Sheesh.

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My Exciting Plan on Return to KL.

11/01/2011

My Exciting Plan on Return to KL.

So, I'm coming home with an empty suitcase.... Really, there isn't much for me to bring back to KL, since everything in the latter is so much cheaper.. I have enough skincare supply back in my KL home to last for the next two years.

I was actually thinking of applying for an Australian credit card prior to my return, but was advised that it would be difficult if applicants did not hold a permanent residency, and that it did not actually assist in building credit ratings in Australia, unlike in The States. So I guess Debit cards would have to suffice for now.. LOL. (But actually, I don't really think they care if you apply in person, but that's for another post...)

As for my exciting plans, I'm already definitely doing this, and this.

1) Digital Perm- Korean, or Japanese also can. Price range about RM300 + lar

2) Facial at 128 Faubourg.

3) A good nice massage?  Heh.

4) Get two pairs of glasses. and also a pair of good proper sunglasses.

No idea what my budget is as yet, since I have yet to see the local prices yet. But spectacles around here range from 70-80AUD onwards.

5) Clothes shopping - with Shirley Tan, or someone who wants to go with me. The last time I went was at Bangsar. She's got good taste.

6) As for S2 Slimming, I probably have a few treatments left at the salon.

The only problem being that since I currently do not own a car, or will be lack of one on my trip back, the salon would be a bit out of the way for me to have access to like I used to previously.

7) Meet up with peers-- my close girl friends, bloggers, Tammy, etc. ^^ If there are any events, do pass on an invitation, thanks!

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Things I'm planning on doing in KL

Things I'm planning on doing in KL

So, Toowoomba was flooded yesterday. Today is Brisbane's turn. Am praying all the best for my cousin, Adrian who lives there.
Anyways, am planning what I'll be doing in KL. First things first being,
1) Check for my IC. If not, have to make a new one ASAP.
2) Renew passport. Then go and visit Australian embassy.
3) Extend validity of my driving licence.
4) Visit grandmother. Bring her siu loong bau/dim sum, etc.
5) Visit all relatives during Chinese New Year.
6) Food wise, have
-hokkien mee,
-bah kuh teh,
-A&W rootbeer float,
-nasi lemak.
- Go to Nathan's corner in OUG.
- Have satay.
7) Renew credit card. Or get a new card? LOL.
8) Check on all existing policies I am subscribing to.
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So, I'm definitely coming back for Chinese New Year!

05/01/2011

So, I'm definitely coming back for Chinese New Year!

So I'm double posting here on both my blogs.

So I spoke to my boss this morning.  At first she was hesitant, but then she agreed to let me go off.. she had to...!

I had a valid reason to come back to Malaysia, to renew my passport, and of course, to see my family.

Of course, I made it easy for her to say yes by doing my homework before asking her... I had to check which days the workplace would be less busy, so she could let me go.

All the staff will be fighting for more work hours in the weeks to come, so one going off would make planning much easier for her.

I've already started planning what I have to do before heading back to Kuala Lumpur, so that I can prioritize the most important administrative tasks first.

Not sure about shopping for new year, but will definitely be getting new clothes for the summer to bring back to Sydney. Everything is SO MUCH CHEAPER in KL, okay??

I'm definitely going to:

1) Get a digital perm at the korean/japanese salon. It's about AUD150 onwards or about there for a digital perm for mid length. So that's about RM450 after conversion, or more depending on length of hair. Yes, that's by real koreans. Korean salons abound everywhere in Sydney, okay??

2) Go for a facial at Sothys 128 Faubourg - the most we can get in Sydney is Sothys Ampoule facials, which is really shitty anyways. The Ampoule Facial I last checked in Sydney was AUD79, but may not include extractions, or eyebrow removal which is like an additional AUD12, and that makes it about AUD90 onwards.

The most I had ever paid for a facial in Sydney was in Ashfield for about AUD120 and that was a normal Ampoule Sothys facial, and that was as much as I was willing to spend. Which after conversion is about RM390 or about there.

3) Maybe get one of the OSIM thingies.. not that I would bother using it. Ha ha ha.. the last one I had was still lying somewhere in the lounge room.

4) Definitely go for a good massage. Massages in Sydney run about AUD35 for 30 minutes, or AUD60 for 60 minutes. The Thai massages run up to AUD75 and over for about an hour.

*Currency Conversion is done on a AUD 1: RM3 blanket conversion.
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So, I'm definitely coming back for Chinese New Year!

So, I'm definitely coming back for Chinese New Year!

So I spoke to my boss this morning.

At first she was hesitant, but then she agreed to let me go off.. she
had to...! I had a valid reason to come back to Malaysia, to renew my passport, and of course, to see my family.

Of course, I made it easy for her to say yes by doing my homework before asking her... I had to check which days the workplace would be less busy, so she could let me go.

I'm applying for about 16 days off work, not including weekends. She gave me two extra days on top I was asking from initially. LOL.

All the staff will be fighting for more work hours in the weeks to come, so one going off would make planning much easier for her, I guess?

I've already started planning what I have to do before heading back to Kuala Lumpur, so that I can prioritize the most important  administrative tasks first.

Not sure about shopping for new year, but will definitely be getting new clothes for the summer to bring back to Sydney. Everything is SO MUCH CHEAPER in KL, okay??
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